Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ sixteenth studio album Skeleton Tree is released worldwide today, 9th September 2016 on vinyl, CD and across all digital platforms via Bad Seed Ltd.
Skeleton Tree follows The Bad Seeds’ most critically and commercially successful release of recent times, Push the Sky Away (2013).
In addition, today Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ reveal the video for I Need You. Accompanying the track is footage of the band performing the song taken from Andrew Dominik’s 3D black and white feature film One More Time With Feeling, which screened globally last night.
Skeleton Tree began its journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in Autumn 2015. The album was completed and mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Nick Cave – vocals, piano, vibraphone, synthesizer, backing vocals
Warren Ellis – synthesizer, loops, piano, Wurlitzer, violin, baritone tenor guitar, backing vocals
Jim Sclavunos – vibraphone, tubular bells, percussion, backing vocals
George Vjestica – guitar, backing vocals
Martyn Casey – bass
Thomas Wydler – drums
1) Jesus Alone 5) Anthrocene
2) Rings Of Saturn 6) I Need You
3) Girl In Amber 7) Distant Sky (feat. Else Torp)
4) Magneto 8) Skeleton Tree
Classically trained Danish soprano Else Torp provides guest vocals on “Distant Sky”.
Apart from “Jesus Alone” which debuted in advance of the rest of the album, tracks from Skeleton Tree were first publicly unveiled at the worldwide screenings of One More Time With Feeling on 8th September. Directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, the Oscar nominated The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,Killing Them Softly), One More Time With Feeling began as a performance-based film, but evolved into something more complex as Dominik delved into the personal backdrop of the writing and recording of the album.
Watch “Jesus Alone” here: http://smarturl.it/NCATBSJesusAlone
Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised ruminations. Filmed in black-and-white and colour, in both 3D and 2D, the result is stark, fragile and raw — a true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness.
Watch the film trailer here: http://smarturl.it/NCATBSwebsite
A co-production between Iconoclast and Pulse Films, in association with JW Films, and produced by Dulcie Kellett and James Wilson, One More Time With Feelingofficially world- premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and has screened at more than 800 cinemas around the world. Due to overwhelming demand, cinemas worldwide have added screenings of the film on the 9th, 10th and 11th of September:www.onemoretimewithfeeling.film/
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are — Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Jim Sclavunos, Thomas Wydler, Conway Savage and George Vjestica. Formed following the break up of The Birthday Party in 1982, to date the band has released sixteen studio albums, starting with From Her To Eternity in 1984. Skeleton Tree,Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ latest release, demonstrates once again that their output remains as bold, explorative and vital as in their early pioneering recording sessions at Hansa Studios in Berlin. One of the most critically acclaimed acts working today, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have sold over 5 million albums worldwide to date. Their influence has been profound and far-reaching with many artists covering their work and citing their influence, and they remain one of the most powerful and exciting live acts in the world.